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Overview of technologies for the treatment of infectious and sharp waste from health care facilities

The purpose of this document is two-fold. The first is to provide criteria for selecting technologies to facilitate decision making for improved health care waste management in health care facilities. The second is to provide an overview of specific health care waste technologies for the treatment of solid infectious and sharp waste for health care facility administrators and planners, WASH and infection prevention control staff, national planners, donors and partners. For each technology, details on its operation, effects on the environment and health, requirements for installation, capacities for treating waste, examples of consumables and advantages and disadvantages are described.

Climate smart healthcare waste solutions

Presentation given at the 2019 Global Meeting on WASH in health care facilities, held in Livingstone, Zambia (9-11 September 2019). More information can be found at and

Unpacking healthcare waste management at rural village health clinics in the Ntcheu District (Malawi)

This case study explores the knowledge and practices of health surveillance assistants operating at rural village health clinics in Ntcheu District, Malawi, with regard to the collection, segregation, transportion, treatment, and disposal of healthcare waste. The article can also be accessed here:

National Guidelines for Health Care Waste Management in Ghana

The document provides guidance on solid and liquid hazardous and non-hazardous health care waste as well as gaseous emissions along the complete logistic chain: procurement, generation, segregation, collection, storage, transport, treatment and disposal.

Health Care Waste Management Policy for Ghana

This policy is a revision of the health care waste management policy and guidelines of 2006 and seeks to improve HCWM in accordance with existing international conventions through adoption of best available technology and best environmental practices.

WASH in health care facilities – Global baseline report 2019

The first global baseline estimates for WASH in health care facilities, prepared by the Joint Monitoring Programme.